The wet weather is starting to affect wheat quality at Roger Colebrook’s Whitehall Farm, Reigate, Surrey.
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“It is nice today but it is raining every second day, so it’s not dry enough to get on,” he said. “It has certainly damaged the Hagberg and protein, without a doubt.”
Mr Colebrook had cut most of his 51ha (125 acres) of Soissons before the rain, which did very well, almost touching 9.9t/ha (4t/acre) in one field. “It was an exceptional crop and quality was perfect,” he said.
“But if it doesn’t brighten up after the weekend we will be in big trouble.”
Crop: Winter wheat
Area: 34ha (85 acres)
Yield: <9.9t/ha (4t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high